“Celebrating a First Class Lady: Rotary Toast Honors Co-founder and President of L & D Mail Masters”
The Rotary Club of New Albany has selected Diane Fischer, co-founder and president of L & D Mail Masters in New Albany, as its honoree for the 21st Annual Rotary Community Toast and Benefit Banquet. The banquet will be held on Friday, November 7 at Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyards’ Plantation Hall.
Each year the Rotary Club of New Albany chooses an individual from the community who has made important contributions to the local area and exemplifies the true spirit of the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.”
“Diane’s service to our local community makes her a very deserving honoree,” said Rotary Club of New Albany President Michael Sanders. “She embodies the best traits in all Rotarians and has dedicated herself to helping others while building a very successful business right here in Southern Indiana. She serves as an example of how entrepreneurs are able to create positive change in their communities through civic engagement.”
Fischer, a native of Starlight, Ind., is one of 11 children who learned the importance of family and hard work at an early age. She attended Indiana University Southeast and began her career as a customer service representative for Bruce Fox Inc., and then as customer service manager at Fire King International, where she worked for nearly 10 years, managed 14 people, and traveled extensively throughout the United States.
Identifying a significant need in the industry, Fischer founded L&D Mail Masters, Inc., from her home with just a $500 investment from her savings account in 1987. The company’s growth was rapid, which required it to move to two other locations before it built and then expanded its current facility. Its 120 employees now offer direct marketing services, including mail shop services, variable digital and offset printing, data solutions, and campaign design and programming. Under Fisher’s leadership, the company has now grown into a $25 million business. A leader in the industry, Fischer is often called upon for her advice and expertise by companies like HP, Pitney Bowes, and industry publications like What They Think.
While building a very successful business, Fischer has also dedicated herself to her local community. Her involvement includes terms on the local chamber of commerce board, the BB&T Bank Advisory Board and the Louisville and Southern Indiana Bridges Authority. She also serves on the New Albany-Floyd County Education Foundation board which is an independent fundraising organization that provides impactful resources and experiences to the students and teachers of Floyd County public schools. Supporting many non-profit clients with sponsorships and in-kind donations furthers Diane’s reach into the community. Diane’s passion is to encourage lifelong learning among people of all ages.
Diane married her husband Steve in 1978. The couple has three daughters and five grandchildren. The family will also be welcoming a new grandchild in the fall.
Each year, a portion of the proceeds from the Rotary Toast go to a nonprofit or charity as selected by that year’s honoree. To help celebrate its upcoming centennial anniversary, the Club will partner with this year’s honoree and use the funds to support a project to benefit our local community. With this year’s proceeds, Diane Fischer and the Rotary Club of New Albany have chosen to help build a new community playground for children at the new park being built on Charlestown Road by the Floyd County Parks Department.